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Albidaya by Rabih Beaini
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6/10 Scott Customer review, 29th August 2013

This was all going very well until half way through the second track, 'Maples and Rocks', when someone started kackhandedly jamming over the Samba preset on a budget Casio keyboard. The album started full of Eastern promise with some quite lovely hammer dulcimer (I think) smothered in static. But that feels like so long ago now. 'Kessara 1', the 3rd track, is a murky trudge through some special effects (not unlike those keyrings that used to make bomb & laser noises; I think Manu Chao had one or two) whilst 'Taranta3000' is chock full of reverberated random tones but lacking in direction.

Ok, I take it all back. The dulcimer's returned, it's track 5, and it's a 13 minute epic. Bring it on, 'Ya Shater', I'm ready.

Well, there was a great section about 8 minutes in where the static was punctured by a bubbling pulse that became more and more insistent towards the end of the track.
Spooky voices too. A winner.
The next track, 'Kessara 3', I could have listened to a whole album of that...smoky sounding loose jazz rhythms accompanied by a swarm of electronic hornets (well that's what it sounded like to me). But track 7 has kind of broken the spell. It just sounds so disjointed. And now it's 'Kessara 2', the last tune, and the Casio is back but this time we're messing with the conga-and-bongo pads.

Just a first impression, mind. But there's enough going on in Albidaya to warrant a second listen.


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